October 19th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 10/19/09

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Tonight, the new allegations surrounding the balloon boy story . Police say it was all a hoax and the family could face criminal charges. Plus, the new reality for men and women in the workforce and much more.

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  1. Pam Hairston

    Folks act like this man raped or killed his child. What terrible crime was done here? America loves drama!

    October 19, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  2. Rabia Mary Graney

    PLEASE stop calling this child 'baloon boy'. He is so traumatized already and we have no idea what it may be like to live in that home. It is enough of a stigma already for him without America feeding the trauma. The children were forced to lie over/over. Imagine the life of that child going forward. PLEASE stop calling the story 'baloon boy'. It may be baloon hoax or something; but have some concern for Falcon and his siblings.

    October 19, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  3. Tabi

    It honestly looked like a hoax but I don't think that sending the parents to jail is going to solve anything. I think the parents should be looked into since they are involving their children in these immoral actions; either being considered together or individually since there was an possible incident of domestic violence. It sounds like there is more going on than what meets the eye besides this hoax.

    October 19, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  4. Dana Cope

    my family caught the flu this week. 6 and 8 year old have tamiflu they are practically well within 4 days. wife is better I am still running fever for 4 days. Can you get h1n1 more than once iwithin a few days, weeks, months? should we get the vaccine when we are all well from this?

    October 19, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  5. Joe Terrogano

    Mr. Toobin minimizes a father who put his whole family under stress, especially his youngest son. A man who engaged emergency services and the public in a hoax to further his "career". A man with a bad temper, who surely intimidates his children. I think the charges are fair and Child Protective Services should intervene for the kids well being. Finally lawyers are not psychologists, so no surprise on the missed assessment.

    October 19, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  6. Kameron

    I think one thing we need to keep in perspective is that sometimes people make poor choices. Obviously Mr. Heeley and his wife made a poor choice with the hoax and teaching their children to lie. Do we really think that by taking the children away from their parents and sending them to jail that justice is done? Other than the use of resources that could have been needed for an emergency somewhere else, who did they hurt other than themselves?

    October 19, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  7. Renee

    Scotch tape and no colored duct tape for the balloon! Mom and Dad must not have ever been to Michaels.

    October 19, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  8. Cessy, Chicago IL

    I hope the father gets slapped with a harsh punishment. Pay back the money that was spent to locate the boy and jail time.

    The balloon is on police possession? WHY???? Are we feeding to what the father wanted in the first place which is to show his "creations"?

    October 19, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  9. Randy Quintal

    Richard Hene should get into real estate, he did a great job selling that b.s. story to us, imagine how much loot he can make selling houses...that loser has some talent.

    October 19, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  10. shrawan

    I think media is giving so much attention to this and probably this is what ballon guy wanted.

    October 19, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  11. Steve - southern Illinois

    I can't say exactly what these people might be guilty of. But if I'd spent a bunch of time building that balloon and it floated off into the sky accidentally I'd probably be throwing a tantrum too.

    I just don't see any evidence beyond a reasonable doubt. I think any good attorney is going to get these people off easily.

    October 19, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  12. John-Winnipeg, MB

    Oh Andy give Jeffrey Tuban a break. I mean I was a fool for believing the family too.

    October 19, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  13. Minou, New York City

    "Who the hell is Wolf?". LMAO!

    October 19, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  14. Emily

    I'm glad you are putting some humor into the story, however, it's not one if Those Balloons!!! 😀

    October 19, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  15. Steve

    Great dig on Tobin. Lawyers can't always be right. Jeff's comment about "just a false police report." The amount of emergency resources were incredible. These resources were taken away from possible real emergencies.

    October 19, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  16. William Voecks

    Why dont you dig into how this family supports itself?? MR H is a carpenter and MRS H doesnt work. How can they raise 3 kids, have an ok house and cars, make weather balloons and chase bad weather??? The money, where is it coming from??? bill

    October 19, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  17. Jacqueline, NY

    ANDERSON!!!! Poor Jeff. LOL!
    I agree with Jeff about the jail business. The dummy family cried wolf. That was wrong. The children shouldn't be taken away and the crazy parents shouldn't have to go to jail because of the hoax. It's become, too, too, easy to become and made a criminal in this country. One day, we be throwing each other in jail for given cross looks.

    That said, I do believe the Heene couple should have to pay somehow, but not jail.

    October 19, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  18. Letitia

    This story NEVER seemd believable... It was ALWAYS ridiculous...

    October 19, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  19. Isabel Siaba, Brazil

    At first, I couldn't believe it was hoax.
    It's hard to believe what people do to have their minutes of fame! I must be very innocent .... Lol ...

    October 19, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  20. Johnny

    On the video taken by the family where the dad releases the balloon into the air the way he kicks looks so fake. I agree with Anderson Cooper, good stuff.

    October 19, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  21. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I am laughing so hard....... Jeff Toobin and Lisa Bloom have good point, I know why Falcon just sneaking inside hot balloon, No one allowed to be alone inside hot balloon!!! I love your expression as Jeff and Lisa! 😀

    October 19, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  22. Ryan Strange

    I think the family should be ordered to pay for the expenses used by emergency personel. The mother and father should be prosecuted, but I don't agree with the children being taken from the parents.

    October 19, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  23. Barbara Duggan

    Get those people psychological help....all of them. Parents should do community service and the whole family should be MADE to go to family counselling.


    October 19, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  24. Tairii

    Aww poor falcon. i feel sorry for him.

    October 19, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  25. Will

    I know that Tobin gets a kick out of the balloon boy and his family, but as a member of the Colorado National Guard I can tell you that there were people ready to put their lives at risk to attempt some sort of rescue operation. Imagine if that balloon had not come down where it did and was heading for a densely populated area and the Guard was asked to attempt some sort of rescue?

    This wasn't a joke to those of us who were forced to react.

    October 19, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  26. Janine from PA.

    These reality shows need to end. People with no business in the entertainment field keep trying to get famous and they should not be famous (i.e. the Goesslins). Will we keep encouraging this until someone really puts their child in danger to get publicity. How far will we let this go?

    October 19, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  27. Barbara

    Ah, common America, lighten up...this guy has just pulled off the greatest hoax since Orson Wells Mars Invasion. Give him a little credit. So a lot of us were tricked and a couple hundred people made overtime money and the media has had a blast. Just make the guy pay up and congratulate him.

    October 19, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  28. niwat, chicago

    The whole hoax isn't publicity worthy ( especially with overwhelming's dad effort ) but the kids are so super cute and innocent to watch.

    October 19, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  29. Shannon

    I think they deserve everything that is coming to them. Now they want to keep a low profile! Make sure the kids are out of the house and go and get them! Thats what they wanted was a HUGE show! So give it to them! They wanted all this attention, so give it to them! Maybe it will teach someone else not to do this to there children and family.
    they should be ashamed of themselves.

    October 19, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  30. Sid

    This shows how the technical revolution has changed kids, when I was growing up we had a 160 in 1 electronic project kit. Kids today are using 1 Million volt ballons! WOW!

    October 19, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  31. Clarissa Fell

    I think the parents should pay a hefty fine for all the manpower it took to try to rescue the little boy. That is what has been awful in this whole situation–pulling away rescueworkers that could have been used for a real emergency.

    October 19, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  32. kenrick caesar

    if they wanted to be in public so bad...how about a public flogging..

    October 19, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  33. fortin

    I think this guys a wacko who would to that to there kids I have two young daughthers I would never try to sell them out for publicity. Definetly emotional abuse.

    October 19, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  34. David, Indiana

    Good evening Anderson, Erica, Isabel, everyone. Yes Anderson, the lady did protest too much as regards Mr. Heene's response about Wolf following up on Falcon saying to his Dad, we did it for the show, but they do seem like a loving family, kind of odd, but a loving family. You're right though, should've stopped the intvw when Falcon got sick.

    October 19, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  35. CW

    Ha ha ha those videos were hilarious! Those Heenes are terrible actors. Someone should take the kids away now, otherwise they're gonna be just as wacko one day soon.

    October 19, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  36. Lurch

    I remember during the initial story, just after the balloon had landed, that the family had claimed that there was some sort of basket or box suspended from the balloon. However, seeing the video that the family had of the takeoff, it's obvious that there was in fact no box. My question is, if they were there during the takeoff, and even had VIDEO of it, why did they not correct law enforcement and the search teams when they already knew there was no box?

    October 19, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  37. Nancy

    These are totally inappropriate parents. Immature at best.

    October 19, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  38. Jennifer

    Maybe a hoax and maybe a kooky family but felony charges and children who could be separated from their parents is a far greater travesty than the potential embarrassment law enforcement and media may feel. Move on!

    October 19, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  39. Catherine

    The Heene parents, if this was indeed a stunt, SHOULD be charged! Air space was shut down. Emergency people were sent on a goose chase. Money was spent on rescue efforts for NO REASON. They should be sent the bill for their "stunt".

    October 19, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  40. joe

    how can you say that you love the fact that viera kept on asking questions when the poor child was puking.she should had stopped and ensured that the child was okay before continuing.disgraceful

    October 19, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  41. Martina Ilstad Germany

    To put the Balloon father in jail,maybe i little bit overreaction from police.Make sure he will never do things like that again,and let him pay fror "safe the balloon"

    October 19, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  42. Brenda H

    Please can we have some news. These parents are getting way too much coverage. Is this really what is important in today's world. Please . . . enough.

    October 19, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  43. Elizabeth - Canada

    I am appalled by the clear exageration of this story by the media. CNN's strategy appears to be to say "people are saying......." rather than just admitting that that is what CNN is actually saying/implying.
    This is an unfortunate story but CNN beware of not turning into FOX by putting an opinion on everything. Keep in mind that if CNN highlighted every family that made poor choices it would be impossible to remove children from all the homes you profiled as this is surely what you would lead your viewers to demand.

    October 19, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  44. cgw

    All of the characteristics of the balloon boy's dad are symptoms of bipolar disorder or manic behavior. He is a sick man and needs medical help.

    October 19, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  45. Emily

    Did Anderson say anything about the cost of this hoax & if it will have to be repaid by Mr. & Mrs. Heene?

    October 19, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  46. Mike

    Keep discussing this topic. Tons of fun. I love it. "The lady does protest too much." lol.

    October 19, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  47. Lisa A. Philadelphia, PA

    evening bloggers ... i don't think the kids should be taken away. maybe fines and community service to teach them lesson.

    October 19, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  48. Jenniene

    You were too funny doing the balloon boy piece.

    October 19, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  49. LorenaR

    Falcon throwing up on tv is exactly the equivalent of my reaction to this story. i think when they named him Falcon, they were after publicity from day one.i don't want to watch this story, but the media compels me to do so.

    October 19, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  50. Aisha Farah

    I don't think the parents should be charged severely. Just enough to warn people not to pull something like that. But honestly, putting them behind bars is very severe for people who were just trying to make it to national TV. Breaking a family for this is unreasonable. That is just my take on this subject.

    October 19, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
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